Posted: April 26, 2017
Future Voices of New Mexico Awards Recognize Student Filmmakers and Photographers

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Contact: Dianna Delling
505-988-7050, ext. 1211

Future Voices of New Mexico Teens 
Share Their Stories on Film and in Photos

10th Annual Awards Ceremony at The Lensic

May 2, 2017, at 10 am

What: Future Voices of New Mexico Awards Ceremony, featuring films and photos created by high school and middle school students from 11 Northern New Mexico schools

When: Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at 10 a.m.

Where: The Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St., Santa Fe, NM 87501

Tickets: Members of the public may attend this free Lensic education event upon request. Please call Connie Schaekel, Director of Community Relations, at 505-988-7050, ext. 1210.

Santa Fe, NM—Three-minute films and photographs created by middle school and high school students will be presented at the tenth annual Future Voices of New Mexico Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 2, at The Lensic. Approximately 800 students are expected to attend the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The awards ceremony is the year-end celebration of works created by participants in Future Voices of New Mexico, a Lensic educational outreach program that encourages young people to share their stories through film and photography. The ten-year-old program, which runs throughout the school year, provides middle and high school classrooms with hands-on film and photography instruction and teaching materials. Participating students are encouraged to submit their work for an end-of-the-year contest. Winners are recognized with cash prizes ranging from $50 to $300 and honored by their peers at a Lensic awards ceremony. Santa Fe Photographic Workshops is a partner in the Future Voices of New Mexico program.

“The quality of the films and photos submitted seems to get better every year,” says Connie Schaekel, community relations director at The Lensic. “It’s so inspiring to witness the enormous amount of talent and creativity that fills the theater on awards day.”

In this year’s contest, students from 11 New Mexico schools submitted 153 short films and 118  photographs, all related to the theme “Ten,” in honor of the Future Voices of New Mexico program’s tenth year.

Film submissions will be reviewed by a panel of eight judges—film and creative professionals with experience around the world—and awards will be granted for top entries in several categories. Film categories include documentary, comedy, narrative, and experimental.

Photography categories include architecture, street scenes, portraits, landscape, and more. Photographs will be judged by staff members at Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.

Students participating in the Future Voices of New Mexico Awards Ceremony represent the following schools:

  • Albuquerque: Albuquerque Academy, Atrisco Heritage Academy High School, Public Academy for the Performing Arts
  • Espanola: Espanola Valley High School
  • Pojoaque: Pojoaque Valley High School                             
  • Santa Fe: Academy for Technology and the Classics, Capital High School, Desert Academy, Mandela International Magnet School, New Mexico School for the Arts
  • Taos: Taos High School

Winning films and photos will be posted on the Future Voices of New Mexico website, futurevoicesofnewmexico.org, later in May.

The Lensic Performing Arts Center

The nonprofit Lensic Performing Arts Center owns and maintains a landmark historic theater in the heart of Santa Fe, is the hub for year-round performing arts and culture, and serves the community through affordable artistic programming (including our Lensic Presents series) and groundbreaking educational programs that touch the lives of more than 12,000 students each year. For more information about our presentations and programs, see www.lensic.org.

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